North Country

Synopsis: 1989. Josey Aimes takes her two kids, Sammy and Karen, and leaves her abusive husband Wayne, to return to her northern Minnesota home town. On a chance meeting with her old friend Glory Dodge who works as a driver and union rep at the mine operated by Pearson Taconite and Steel, Josey decides to work at the mine as well, work that is dominated by men in number and in tone. She does so to be able to stand on her own two feet for the first time in her life, something she probably could not have done if she remained in a job washing hair at a beauty salon. Working at the mine does not sit well with her father, Hank Aimes, who also works at the mine and who, like the other male workers, believes she is taking a job away from a man. Hank has believed that all Josey's problems are of her own doing, ever since she, unmarried, had Sammy while she was still in high school. Josey has always stated that she does not know who Sammy's biological father is, which fosters Hank's attitude about her. A
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Niki Caro
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

But the mine pays six times

what I'm making now.

Do you have any idea how many accidents

there've been since this started?

Somebody will be killed

because of them women.

I can't afford a place by washing hair.

So you stay here.

She's a grown woman with kids.

She's not gonna be living with her folks.

All clear.

- Clear of what?

- You're not pregnant.

I already told you that.

Well, company just wants to be sure

before they hire you.

It's to clean yourself with.

You submitted to the exam willingly,


Yeah. I submitted.

Before your law firm hired you, they put

your feet up and look around your insides?

- I got you.

- You got me?

I'm gonna get you then.

I'm gonna get you then.

Come here, baby.

Hey, Jo.

What are you doing here, Wayne?

Come to bring you back home.

Karen. In the house.

- Can't talk anymore. Get in the...

Come here!

Come by here

and think everything is okay?

- You know what?

- It's not okay.

- Get in the car!

- It's over!

So how about we let your

mom and dad talk in private?

- Get out of here!

- He's not my father.

He is your husband, you know.

He beat me, Mom.

More than once, more than lightly.

A man needs a job.

Wayne beat me because he was out

of work? That's what you're saying?

I'm just saying,

everyone needs a purpose.

Your purpose is those kids.

Your father's is that mine.

And if you take a job up there...

Well, it'll shame him.

You should think about that.

Sammy, open the glove box.

There's a piece of paper on top of the pile.

Hold it on the dash, would you?

- Hey!

- Hey! Sorry about this.

That's what guest rooms are for.

Come on, honey,

I'll show you where your room is.

- Hiya.

- This is Kyle.


Wow, look at this.

All right. So all right, there's...

We're doing a little work.

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Michael Seitzman

Michael Seitzman (born November 1, 1967) is an American writer, producer and film director best known for film North Country. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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